Southeast Asia is facing diverse institutional and geopolitical challenges. Of further concern are environmental and social issues as well as new economic dynamics. This interdisciplinary EU funded research project, coordinated by EFEO (France) investigates current developments in Southeast Asia, using a broad array of topics, perspectives and approaches.
EC, Horizon 2020, 2017-2021
CRISEA brings together Southeast Asian (SEA) and European researchers from 13 partner institutions. It is coordinated by the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO). CRISEA has three objectives 1) study the multiple forces affecting regional integration in Southeast Asia and the challenges they present to the peoples of SEA and its regional framework ASEAN; 2) reach beyond academia to engage in public debate and impact on practitioners in government and non-government spheres; and 3) reinforce the European Research Area (ERA) through coordinated EU-ASEAN academic exchange and network development.
The investigation of the competing forces driving regional integration in SEA and the emphasis on the importance of legitimacy reflects the project's scientific ambition: to produce knowledge on contemporary challenges facing SEA and ASEAN-led regional integration that yield understandings of use to policy makers working in a demanding global environment. The project innovates by confronting theoretical and macro-level approaches in the fields of international relations and international political economy, with gendered insights drawn from the grassroots methodologies of anthropology, history, sociology, and micro studies in economics and political science. Using an interdisciplinary micro-macro method of analysis, the researchers ask in each case how ASEAN-led regional integration is – and is seen by SEA's people as – part of the problem or part of the solution.
Results of CRISEA can be found on the consortium's webpage.